What can fans expect from the upcoming new album by Megadeth? Drummer Dirk Verbeuren recently spoke about the band’s follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’ album. He detailed the progress of the recording sessions and mincing no words, he said, “It’s gonna be a thrash album.”
Verbeuren explained, “We recorded a lot of songs, the overall direction of the record is definitely heavy. It’s gonna be a thrash metal album, so I’m very excited about it.”
Verbeuren also said that work on the album had to be pushed back: “Things slowed down a bit, but at the end of May, both David (Ellefson – bass) and myself went to Nashville to go in the studio there with Dave (Mustaine – guitar), and we recorded drum and bass tracks for the record. So the foundation for the album is done. Dave Mustaine is currently recording all the rhythm guitars. Kiko [Loureiro – lead guitar], at some point is gonna come over and work with him on all the stuff. So it’s in progress.”
Being fairly new to the band, Verbeuren added, “Old Megadeth is kind of what I grew up with, that’s the stuff that touches me the most, so I wanted to bring that energy.”
Megadeth’s new album is tentatively due in early 2021. It will be Megadeth’s first to feature Verbeuren (ex-Soilwork), who joined the band four years ago.
Megadeth’s North American tour with Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.